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Pet-Friendly Rentals: Unleash the Secrets to Securing your Purr-fect Home
As proud, stray hair-covered pet owners ourselves, we understand the struggle of finding a rental property that welcomes our furry chums with arms as wide as ours. Dog-gone are the days when our beloved pets were seen as a hindrance to finding a place to call home. These days there is an increasing demand for pet friendly rentals, and it's not hard to see why. Pets bring joy, companionship, and a whole lot of (mess) love into our lives, so it's only fair that they should have a place to call their own too (and maybe even a whole bedroom too).
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Unveiling The True Costs of Homeownership
As a faithful London-based renter, the idea of owning a home has probably crossed your mind once or twice. And while you have attempted to brush the fantasy from your mind like Claudia Winkelman’s voluminous fringe, the whispers of homeownership still linger in the air. (Let’s face it, that fringe is going nowhere). Yes, after years of renting you're probably tired of throwing money away on someone else's mortgage. But before you rush into homeownership, it's crucial to understand the true cost of owning a home. It's not just about removal vans and deposits, my friend. There are hidden costs lurking in the shadows and underneath cloaks, ready to surprise you when you least expect it. A rental faithful such as yourself can be recruited into the world of property ownership in the dead of night, so let’s gather all the facts in the meantime…
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Property industry trends for 2024
As we roll ourselves into 2024 like a leftover chocolate roulade gathering resolutions and unsolicited financial advice in our mentions, the London property market remains as unpredictable as mercury in Gatorade. Continuing to be the hot topic for speculation and gossip, the property industry has real main character energy right now. But let's not forget that behind the shiny facades and relentless bidding wars, some real trends and predictions are helping shape its snazzy outlook. Despite facing gruelling challenges like Matt Hancock on a reality show, London's housing market has shown some real resilience. Prices have managed to stay afloat in spite of increasing mortgage rates and interest rates, so let’s ‘rise and shine’ and greet the new year with a head full of real estate knowledge…
Why solicitors are your home-buying heroes
Fear not, my fellow house-owners to-be, for there is a superhero in the legal world who can guide us through the treacherous buyer journey… The Solicitor. Much like the elusive Santa Claus himself, they are wise, bring gifts of perfectly wrapped paperwork while you’re sleeping and most importantly - have never been spotted in the flesh. Well, have you caught one in your front room bent over the fire surround delivering mortgage papers? Didn’t think so, Margaret. Today we are asking the age-old question: what exactly is a solicitor when they are at home? And how will they help you buy a house from their secret hideaway in snowy North (Pole) London?
All in good time: How long does it REALLY take to sell a house?
In the world of big fat life goals, timing is everything. From learning to drive to nailing that complicated Beyonce move, your biggest achievements need an appropriate length of time to really perfect. According to Zoopla, it takes approximately 25 weeks to sell a home - from listing to the handing over of keys. But as all we know, there are myriad outside factors that can slow this process down (thanks to old pull-out-last-minute Barry from number 32) or even speed it up (thank you Mrs oh-so-caffeinated-surveyor on fine form). There are also a lot of time frames within those 25 weeks that take their own sweet time to complete. Think offer acceptance timeline, exchanging timeframe, pre-soaking your Christmas pudding timeframe…. the list goes on. Check out our timeframe guide to make sense of all this clock watching and calendar flipping in the heady realm of house sales.
It’s the Great British Mortgage Off
Are you ready to take on the Great British Mortgage-Off? From interest-only to standard variable, there’s more than just one type of mortgage to plump for. When it comes to deciding on your particular recipe, will you choose a fixed-rate, where your monthly payments stay just the same, or a tracker mortgage with potentially lower repayments but could be swayed by some rather unsavoury fluctuations in the market? Let’s explore the tastiest types of mortgages available and find out where to find the creme de la creme of deals. Because after all, the proof of the pudding is in the mortgage. Or something like that. On your marks, get set, broker!
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The Handy Guide To Renting or Buying As A Couple
Good afternoon and welcome to the Davies & Davies couple’s guide to renting or buying together. Yes, that is a genuine velvet couch on which you may lounge and unleash your innermost worries. Now, what seems to be troubling you? The stress of a move that’s making you both feel overwhelmed? The impending inevitability of loss looming above your heads like the Sword of Damocles? Your curtains don’t match his drapes? These are common concerns. The answers, as always, lie in communication. At the heart of this article is the advice to listen to each other, air out your worries before you set sail on a move and make your decisions together. With your property plan of action based on mutual agreement and trust, you’ll be signing your papers with a smile (not a hidden worried frown). So pop those tissues down and avoid all that heartache and financial headache with our handy couple’s guide on making the big move together…
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How to land your dream rental property and beat the competition
So you’ve found that perfect apartment in your dream postcode, within Sunday strolling distance of your favourite coffee shop and dog park. Congratulations! But what’s this? After enquiring about a viewing, you are told there are precisely 76 other potential renters all vying for the same abode. “Nooooo! Why have the rental gods forsaken me!?” you are heard wailing, all the way down in Clapham. Competing for your dream North London rental can often feel like a battle, a war, a murder on the dance floor! It’s no secret that the more desirable properties are snapped up in seconds, and can slip away if you’re not prepared to take the lead (wink). To help you secure that perfect rental, think of it like a dance to the death. Well, to the handing over of keys perhaps.
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Property pilates: Is it worth stretching your budget for that pretty North London pad?
We’ll admit, that three bedroom garden flat on Stroud Green Road is a rare beauty and has been recently refurbished to boot. But do you really need that third room for your cat’s wardrobe and the basement for wrapping presents? If you’re well within your budget then make that offer post haste, but we’d steer clear of throwing the kitchen sink and all your savings at property before weighing up all the pros and cons first. We don’t just mean financially, either. From asking prices to making sure you’ll be living comfortably post-sale, here’s our decades-old sage advice when it comes to deciding what to offer, and how far to streeeetch, for that dream pad in N4.
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To Rent Or To Buy? That Is The Davies & Davies Question
Friends, North Londoners, renters, lend us your ears. For we have quite the conundrum to tackle together. Perched precariously atop your non official roof terrace, admiring the quintessential rooftops of inner North London (and, briefly, the state of your star-crossed lover), your mind wanders to the age-old quandary: to rent or to buy? That is the question underlying your Rightmove search history anyway. Though the course of real estate never did run smooth, we have some mis-en-scene to assist you in weighing up the benefits of renting over buying your dream abode. With mortgage rates rising and rental costs catching up, are we such stuff as mortgages are made on or is it the renter who shall bear the charmed life? Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more…
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Help-to-buy bye: Hello first time buyer schemes
Once upon a time (ten years ago), there existed a double-dip recession and a property struggle among the townsfolk who needed a kindly prince to trot along with a first-time buyer scheme and save them from their plight. Along came a government scheme to boost the real estate market – an equity loan scheme so helpful in fact that it enabled us lowly buyers to borrow up to 40% of our property’s value. Goodness gracious were we fortunate. It is with great sadness, therefore, that we say farewell to the late, great Help to Buy scheme of yesteryear. Registrations for such a coo closed last October in a puff of smoke, leaving some of us grasping at. disappearing floorplans and wondering what in the magic mirror we’re going to do now.
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Inner Peace On A Budget: How To Create A Calming Retreat At Home
It’s tricky to find some calm in the working day-to-day. Not to mention expensive. But as we often suggest, you can find your own slice of calm in your North London abode if you know how. Well boy do we know how, and there’s not a killer whale in sight. Though it might sound like just another way to sell body-part-scented candles and fluffy rugs, there’s plenty of science behind the importance of a calming living environment for our mental health. So long as your surroundings are pleasing to you personally, it goes a long way to help reducing anxiety, blood pressure and generalised London-induced rage. What’s more, we know how to create a de-stressing home environment on a shoestring - because inner peace is on a budget these days.
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How To Improve Your Home's Kerb Appeal: Transformation Tips For A Successful Sale
Selling up your old home comes with a seemingly never-ending checklist and, often, a good old-fashioned emotional upheaval too. You might be excited about moving on, in which case improving your home's kerb appeal, including re-painting your door and weeding the front garden is a walk in the park. But for many, it can be a stressful time, with a smattering of nostalgia and a healthy dose of financial strain. The last thing you want to be doing right now is fixing up your home for potential buyers while you’re stressing about solicitor's meetings and mortgage brokers. Freshening up your kerb appeal is a necessary evil, however, and will speed up the process. Read on to learn how to muster up the energy and fake it til you make it with our transformation tips...
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Seven Things I Hate About: Buying A House For The First Time
It’s a bittersweet time, buying your first house. Finally, you understand on a visceral level how fine the lines are drawn between love and hate, excitement and stress, vomit and sweat. One minute you are buying own brand coffee and diligently saving for your deposit, the next you are justifying why you bought a sofa for your cat and contemplating saving up for a time machine instead. While your gorgeous Islington maisonette absolutely is worth the hairs you tore out during the broker interview actually, it needn’t be a full-blown stress fest forever. In the name of rejecting toxic positivity, let’s embrace what we hate about the process together, and learn some handy tips along the way…
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Bruce’s Price Is Right! Or Is It? Join Us For Today's Episode Of The Davies & Davies Price That Property show!
The only show where you can find out what your home is worth and where to place it on the market. You’re staring blankly at a board of average national house prices, and numbers of properties sold - not to mention location, size and layout, storage space, crime rates, flood risk, subsidence risks, local amenities and school catchment areas. Crikey o Riley, this isn’t looking good. What’s the right number? What’s the right value? Time to phone a friend … that’s us! Good call. So what are you waiting for? Let’s find out how valuable YOUR house is!
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In The Middle Of A Chain Reaction? How To Manage Your Property Chain Like A Pro
So you’re in a property chain, and it’s taking its toll. A property chain can only progress at the speed of it’s slowest link, so everyone needs to get their head in the game and stop singing chain related songs at the top of their lungs in their respective abodes. We need to concentrate guys! It's time to check out our top tips guide from the crew at Davies & Davies on defying the dreaded domino effect, and how to body swerve the potential property chain perils. Read on, or stay chained…
Left On The Shelf? What To Do If Your Property Won't Budge
Oh the anguish of a home that just won’t sell! What you must remember is that it’s not you, it’s your house. If your property has been idly languishing on the market for too long, lounging about the listing pages leaving crumbs in the drop down filters, it’s time to bring the big boys in. Your local property experts can help identify the main reasons that lazy abode is loitering and kick it into shape before you find it hanging out in the rentals section. We’ll dust its shoulders off, sharpen its curtain ties and get that pad ready to work on the market. Let’s get that property going, going, sold!
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Affordable Living: How Homeowners Can Save Money During the Cost of Living Crisis
The rising costs of energy and contributions are weighing heavy on many of our (lighter, dustier) wallets. Budgeting can be a trying concept for many of us - but never fear, Aunty Davies is here! Take it from a seasoned property pro: with just a handful of my tips for saving money at home, you won't need to choose between heating and eating come winter. You'll be cutting back on those pesky household bills without having to resort to a stroll around the empty kitchen table for your Bank Holiday weekend. So stop fretting dearest- with these simple tips and tricks, you can save money at home without sacrificing your ever-fabulous lifestyle.
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Green Homes: Home Features for a High EPC Rating
Feeling sluggish, blue, low on energy? Throw the healing monk chants on Spotify and let’s raise your vibration, love. Lucky for you we’ve got our resident healing guru in the Davies and Davies offices today, and they’re ready to get those chakras realigned, and your wonky pelmets while we’re at it. Say it with us, “I take care of myself, because it’s the only place I have to live” (unless you own multiple properties, that is). Together we’re going to learn how to raise our energy performance levels and lower our bills in the process. Take a deep breath, stretch those fingers and order that insulation… It’s time to raise your EPC rating; you and your home are worth it!
When will there be smooth seas ahead for the rental market?
All aboard! Though the wind pressure may be high, it’s time to drop anchor and set sail on HMS Davies (aka Davey McDave Face). With our expert foresight, we’ll help you reach calmer waters out there in the daunting rental ocean - navigating through the current storm of economics and regulations. Fortunately, London’s rental market is showing signs of stabilising in 2023/24, but there are a few icebergs out there in the big blue to keep a beady eye on. So without further ado sailors, let’s dive right in… no Brendan, not into the sea you patch-eyed fool. Batten down the hatches and take the helm, crew!
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Talking With the Experts: Mary le Comte from House of Modern Vintage
Our shiny new series sees us picking the brains (Hannibal-style) of all the unique talent in our area; from interior designers, to solicitors, to local experts. Each one stems from the best boroughs of all London town to bring you the skinny on all things home-related. No we’re not biased, just stating facts. Ever wanted to know how to make the utmost return on your property investment, or where to source that 1970s macrame original for your hallway? Luckily for you it’s not what you know but who you know in this business we call ‘estate’, and we’ve got the lowdown on the know how. Try saying that three times fast, while we put the kettle on and sit down with our first expert of the series…
Before you make your big move - check out our ultimate area vetting guide
DING DING Got a text! It’s Rightmove with another notification on two beds in your area. These garden flats are bit of you! But woah there keen bean. Though you’re chomping at the bit to do bits in a new North London postcode, don’t go putting all your eggs in one leasehold just yet. Yes, that Harringay open-plan is just your type of property, but do you know what the local transport is like? How about schools, green spaces and the neighbours? It’s time to do the deep dive. We’re here to guide you through what background checks you should be doing before you lay it on factor 50…
Share of Freehold vs Leaseholder: Choose your fighter!
Creeping into the arcade room at night, you scuttle by the Pac-Man and pull shapes past the Tetris. Not tonight boys, you’ve got bigger games to play right now and your eyes are firmly fixed on the property prize. The ultimate goal? To become the perfect property owner, with a top score mortgage under your belt. Pow pow! This real estate game hall is far too busy by day, so you’re about to beat the odds when everyone else sleeps on the best deals. Yes, right now it’s just you and your mortgage papers and we’re going to play Share of Freeholder vs Leaseholder. Who’ll come out on top?
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Desirable Home Traits in 2023
Everyone is looking for ‘the one’. Whether fully shacked up already or not, many of us are furtively scrolling the possibilities online behind our current cubby’s back door. So if you’re looking to move on, you’ll know that the competition is fierce and the perusers know what they want. From manicured bushes to opening up, we’ve compiled a list of the most attractive qualities you’ll need in order to catch the eye of any potential match.

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